DADA & Modernist Magazines


cover Rongwrong In addition to The Blind Man Duchamp also launched another short-lived magazine, the single issue of Rongwrong. He designed the cover, which included a photograph of a matchbook with a picture on the front of two dogs. Duchamp intended the title of the magazine to be Wrongwrong, but a printing error transformed it into Rongwrong. Only one issue was ever published. To avoid divisive competition the Arensberg's circle held a chess match to decide which of their publications would represent the group and cater to their small audience. Picabia won, Pierre Roché lost. 391 became the main publication of Dada in New York, and Rongwrong ceased to exist.


n° 1 (July 1917) [toutfait]


  • Rongwrong
    n° 1 (July 1917). Only one issue published
    Edited by Marcel Duchamp, Henri Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood
    Published in New York
    28 × 20.3 cm


  • [online] Rongwrong 1, in tout-fait. The Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal 1, issue 3 (December 2000).

  • [printed] Reprinted in 'Dada americano', in Arturo Schwarz (ed.), Documenti e periodici Dada / a cura di Arturo Schwarz. Collezione di ristampe anastatiche diretta da Massimo Carra e Giorgio de Marchis (Gabriele Mazzotta : Milano 1970). The reprint includes The Blindman 1-2, New York Dada, Watch Your Step, The Ridgefield Gazook and Rongwrong.

  • [anthology] Gardening with Brains. Eine Anthologie New Yorker Avantgarde-Zeitschriften der 1910-1920er Jahre : The Little Review, Camera Work, The Soil ... / Katja Gödde, Stephan Hoffmann, Robert Lößl ... Berliner Beiträge zur Amerikanistik, Band 5 (John-F.-Kennedy-Institut : Berlin 1996) 330-337. [Contents]

secondary literature

  • Dawn Ades
    '291, The Ridgefield Gazook, The Blind Man, Rongwrong, TNT, New York Dada', in Dawn Ades, Dada and Surrealism Reviewed / with an introduction by David Sylvester and a supplement essay by Elizabeth Cowling (Arts Council of Britain : London 1978) 32-43.
  • Thomas Girst
    'Rarities from 1917 : Facsimiles of The Blind Man No.1, The Blind Man No.2 and Rongwrong' / compiled by Thomas Girst (visuals by Mika, Andrzej), in tout-fait. The Marcel Duchamp Studies Online Journal Issue 3 (December 2000) [online]; available at <> [accessed 12.09.2010].
  • Séverine Gossart
    'Rongwrong', in Dada (Éditions du Centre Pompidou : Paris 2005) 854.
  • Emily Hage
    New York and European Dada Art Journals, 1916-1926: International Venues of Exchange (S.l. : s.n. 2005) 84-86.
  • David Hopkins
    'Proto-Dada. The New York connection: The Ridgefield Gazook (1915), The Blind Man (1917), Rongwrong (1917), 391 (1917), TNT (1919), New York Dada (1921)', in The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines. Volume III: Europe 1880 - 1940 / edited by Peter Brooker, Sascha Bru, Andrew Thacker, and Christian Weikop (Oxford University Press : Oxford etc. 2013) 160-179.